Can I transfer my copyright when I want to publish in open access?
When a publisher has agreed to publish your work, the transfer of rights is arranged in the publishing agreement or book contract.
The author usually retains his or her copyright and licenses specific rights, including publication rights, to the publisher. Alternatively, the author can assign copyright to the publisher provided that the work is made freely available for further distribution under the terms of an open licence.
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